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Will and Sarah Fleming on their homestead near Farley, New Mexico.




Online BMD (Birth, Marriage, and Death) Records

The USGenWeb Archives, , have a wide variety of resources organized at the State and County level. has many resources: You need a subscription to access most of them.

At RootsWeb there are also user-submitted databases: A search form for these is at: ; a more browsable format is here:

Family's BMD Databases:


Other Online Public Records

Census Indices and Images

FREE - US GenWeb's Census Archives are FREE to access, but is still a growing collection:, is a subscription-only collection, but is complete. also has a subscription-only collection

Other Records

NARA, the National Archives and Records Administration, at has a large and ever expanding collection of images of their most popular holdings digitized and searchable by keyword. These can be searched by the NARA Archival Research Catalog (ARC), "the online catalog of NARA's nationwide holdings in the Washington, DC area, Regional Archives and Presidential Libraries" at

Land Patents from the Bureau of Land Management: (this is a great, searchable site!)

Public Records from Search Systems (over 4700 free searchable records):  some are relatively recent records and include such things as professional licenses and alumni listings.


Transcribed Records

The Virtual Cemetery at,, is a (growing) searchable collection of images of gravestones and relevant information about them.

Tombstone Transcription Project at RootsWeb: a volunteer project that "... will transcribe tombstone inscriptions and have that work archived for the future and made easily accessible to all."

The Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild, also at RootsWeb:  "We are a group of volunteers dedicated to making the search for our ancestors immigration easier. We grew out of a need to find ships passenger lists right here, on-line." has cemetery records from around the world:

Obituary Depot: mostly newer obits.


Organizations, Family Histories, Online Books, etc.

 Organization Web Pages

The Reeves Registry: "An Information Clearing House for the Reeves Surname and its Various Spellings."

Native American Genealogy, a great resource posted by an individual:

The Metcalf Society of England: "The Metcalfe Society today stands in the forefront of the world of Genealogy as one of the largest and most respected one-name study groups, with almost 1,500 members past and present, home and overseas. It is dedicated to supporting anyone interested in their Metcalfe (and all spelling variants) family history and acts as the principal link between branches in the home country and those settled worldwide."

 Using Online Copies of Books, etc.

United States Internet Genealogical Society Books Online (USIGS):

The US Biographies Project at USGenWeb:

 Online Newspaper and Magazine Articles

At Beginning Genealogy, a good description of how newspapers can help you with your family history search: (Scroll down a ways to find the section on Newspapers -- the other information here is useful also.) Historic Newspapers Online's Historical Newspaper Collection is a subscription service with access to a growing collection of newspapers. Here's an example:


Catalogs of Libraries and other Repositories

The Online Archive of New Mexico:

LIBROS the online catalog of the University of New Mexico library system:

The Rio Grande Public Library system catalog:  

The Library of Congress:


Information about Non-Online Data Sources

How to use The Family History Library in Salt Lake City:

How to order vital records:
or: The National Center for Health Statistics at

Requesting your ancestors' Naturalization records

How to contact genealogical societies:

Periodical Source Index (PERSI) to find periodical articles of interest:

Locating Catholic Church Records in New Mexico a project sponsored by the New Mexico Genealogical Project. This is nice, since people did not necessarily adhere to one parish nor are the records all kept in a very common sense location system.


Historical Information and How-To Web Sites

General Collections

The Library of Congress has lots of great on-line resources. Their homepage is at: and is well worth at least an entire afternoon's worth of browsing.

The American Memory Collections Sound Recordings:

Collections available online:

American Life Histories:

Genealogy Knowledgebase includes a list of old occupations and diseases:

InfoPlease has a great collection of general world-wide information including timelines, disasters through history, geography, and much more:

Epidemics in US 1628-1918: "In case you ever wondered why a large number of your ancestors disappeared during a certain period in history ..."

The American Local History Network:


The USS Liscome Bay, which was torpedoed in the Pacific during WWII with my great-uncle Arend Schouten on board.

Military Records

Access Genealogy Military Resource Center a great comprehensive site with links to records from most US-fought wars.

World War II State Casualties by County:  

At Ancestry, WWII and Korean Conflict Casualties Interred Overseas:

The US Naval Historical Center Online: , which includes a photo archive of ships: so you can see images of the vessel where your family member served.

For more WWII ship info, go to Ships of the US Navy: 's Genealogy Links Page

A Barrel of Genealogy Links Civil War Resources:

Special Interest Sites (a few examples)

Non-European Ancestry

Asian Ancestry at Asia GenWeb: This is part of the GenWeb system and is an ever-expanding collection of information and links.

Native American Genealogy This site is comprehensive, scholarly, and easy to navigate. Whether you are tracing ancestors, conducting historical research on the individual tribes of Native Americans, or are just a curious American, this is well worth the visit!

African American Genealogy This impressive site has surname researcher lists, forums, chats, and records like slave data collections, library archives, and world and state records.

New Mexican Ancestry

Hispanic Genealogical Research Center of New Mexico:  a fabulous resource for those researching especially Northern New Mexican ancestors.

New Mexico Genealogical Society

Sephardim (the descendants of Jewish families exiled from Spain in the middle ages): 

Orphan Trains:

German Ancestry:

Slovak and Czech Ancestry: It's All Relative; The Czech Genealogy Page; Czech Genealogy; The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society  

Irish Ancestry: Irish Genealogical Society



Preserving Heirlooms, including photos, papers, textiles, etc.

Canadian Heritage's "Preserving my Heritage" page:

The Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium (ICPC)

Making a CD-ROM or DVD Family Photo Album

National Archives of Australia's "Protecting and Handling Photographs" page:

The Book Arts page of Preservation and Conservation Links:


Maps, Gazetteers, and other Location Resources

From Cyndi’s List:

At Ancestry.com

The University of Texas at Austin Perry Castaneda Library Map Collection:

Place Name Servers on the Internet: This extremely useful site has links to other sites that will help you find information about and maps of places.

Rootsweb's tool to help you determine what county a town was/is in:   I consider this to be one of my most useful tools.

The Library of Congress' on-line map collection:


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